Thursday, October 28, 2010

Late Night (mostly) Environmental Blogging

You get the government you deserve, so the saying goes. I don't know what we did to deserve Harper but there's no sign as of yet that change is in the near future. And what about the opposition? Do you get the opposition you deserve or is that some sort of curse? They defeated the private members bill on social responsibility in the mining sector as 14 Liberal MP's stayed away from the vote. To be fair 6 from the Bloc and 4 from the NDP missed the vote as well.

In British Columbia the Cohen Commission inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River is trying to figure out what happened to last year's salmon run and why the one this year set records and what can they expect next year. One of the theories for the sockeye boom of 2010, has been linked to a volcanic eruption in Alaska, in 2008.

From the good people at GreenPeace, a story about how BP and other European companies complicit in funding climate change denier candidates for the US senate. Speaking of BP, how furious growth and cost cutting led to their terrible record on the environment.

Another GreenPeace story about Cairn Energy failing in Arctic oil drilling attempts. In spite of a lot of bravado and bragging, they came up empty.


And here's a bonus video of some very brave GreenPeace activists doing their thing in Arctic waters:



Climate change brings us a new weather phenomenon: a weather bomb! I can hear the objections,  so go read, "Would recent extreme “events have occurred if atmospheric carbon dioxide had remained at its pre-industrial level of 280 ppm?” The “appropriate answer” is “almost certainly not.” Hansen - NASA. The thing is scientists have known for decades about the effects C02 has on the atmosphere and the greenhouse effect.

I start to really worry when people start talking about futurist techno-scenarios collectively known as geoengineering. Geez, what could go wrong?

As I Was Saying...

The week has been pretty busy in non-Khadr related news. Alex Hundert is having his rights quashed and I can't for the life of me understand why the media and the public don't think it's a big deal. If they can do this to him they can do it to any of us.

 Shortly after paying a $3 million dollar fine for being responsible for killing 1,600 ducks Syncrude's tailings ponds lakes are once again the cause of waterfowl deaths. No doubt we can expect another Syncrude/Government PR campaign to explain to us how it's all getting better and gonna' be fine and not to worry our pretty little heads about it.

So far as the WikiLeaks documents are concerned the foreign presses are doing a better job of digging through the revelations contained therein.

Predictably, Fox news is howling that WikiLeaks is the enemy and should be treated as such. They are enemies of the warmongers exposing the war crimes of the US and highlighting the slaughter of innocent Iraqis, so in a twisted way they have a point. As for those war crimes, the US says they are not responsible for what the Iraqis do -- even though they are American trained. The British military has also been training interrogators in techniques that include threats, sensory deprivation and enforced nakedness in an apparent breach of the Geneva conventions.

Those WikiLeaks documents on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus’s war against Shi’ite militias in 2007-2008 was a futile exercise.

A CNN interviewer asked enough stupid questions to cause Julian Assange to walk out on the interview. You'd think the confirmed deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqis as well as evidence of widespread human rights abuses and torture would supersede any interest they might have in the recent charges that have been leveled at Mr. Assange. You'd be wrong.

The great people over at Boingboing.net noticed most members of the establishment MSM avoided the word torture at all costs so they came up with a torture euphemism generator -- i.e. invasive submersion evaluations.